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“HOW does America change if our intelligence agencies were more accurate in their assessment of Saddam Hussein’s chemical and nuclear weapons programs?”

The question was posed, just the other day, in “Make America Competent Again,” by David French, at the Dispatch, a neoconservative website. The tract is an agony aunt’s meander that calls on shoring-up competency in state and civil society.

But first: Dissecting, deconstructing and exposing the neoconservative mindset and machinations matters. The reason is this:

Thanks to President Trump, neoconservatives are not exactly having a moment—they’re down in the doldrums. But they’ll be back. For neoconservatives and liberal interventionists make up the Permanent State. The ideology the likes of David French, formerly of National Review, and his ilk promote—foreign-policy bellicosity, endless immigration, mindless consumerism, racial shaming, “canceling” of deviationists and conformity to an American identity that’s been melted away in vats of multiculturalism—is in our country’s bone marrow, by now.

Therefore, the fighting words in response to French’s framing of the invasion of Iraq as a mere glitch in intelligence are these:

Oh no you don’t, you so-and-so!!

No creedal neoconservative should be able to get away with the claim that a problem of criminality is really just a problem of competency.

You’d think that a military man like Mr. French would know that fixing problems rests on defining them with precision. Recasting state corruption and war crimes as incompetence cures neither state crimes nor incompetence.

America’s war on Iraq was a war crime, plain and simple. It was a reflexive collaboration between elements in a vast, by now familiar, intelligence bureaucracy, comprised of neoconservative and liberal interventionists, whose aim was to help The Powers that Be pulverize a country, Iraq, for the purpose of making it over in the image of America.

Contra Mr. French, the war on Iraq cannot be reduced to systemic incompetence. Anyone who doggedly tracked and documented the ramp up to war, as this column did, can attest that the United States bullied its way to war, monomaniacally.

Legions were the experts, credible ones, who categorically rejected the contention that there were WMD in Iraq. They were silenced; shut out by the malfunctioning American media, the politicians, their handlers and their followers—none of whom should be allowed to deflect from the intellectual and moral corruption it took to invade a Third World country, whose military prowess was a fifth of what it was when hobbled during the Gulf War, which had no navy or air force and was no threat to American national security.

Iraq had not attacked in 12 years and was not poised to attack the U.S. or its neighbors.

Whether one examines the casus belli from the perspective of Catholic “Just War Theory,” constitutional authority or natural law—the war on Iraq was a failure of morals, ethics and constitutional fidelity.


To attack Iraq was to launch a purely offensive, non-defensive war. This flouts the Christian duty to do no harm to one’s neighbors. It flouts the Jewish teachings, which instruct Jews to robustly and actively seek justice. It flouts “Just War Theory,” developed by great Christian minds like St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine. It flouts the libertarian axiom, which prohibits aggression against non-aggressors.

And it flouted what the Founding Fathers provided:

A limited, constitutional republican government, by definition, doesn’t, cannot, and must never pursue what the likes of Mr. French and the neoconservative power elite still advocate: a 21st-century Manifest Destiny. The fact that it does, can, and is still intent on spreading global (failing) democracy by death and destruction (Iran is next) indicates how limitless, unconstitutional, and dictatorial the American Permanent State truly is.

As is their wont, the nation’s pundits never stopped licking their chops for that war. And they’ll salivate just the same should the U.S. have its way with Iran.

So, what does it say about those who supported conquering and occupying a sovereign member of the international community?

Simply this: Whether it is committed by a group operating within or without the law—inside or outside the state—a crime is a crime. And turning Iraq from rogue state to failed state, and in the process killing and displacing multitudes: that was a war crime, executed with as much competency as criminals can muster.

Mr. French and his ideological compadres must not get away with dismissing George Bush’s bacchanalia of blood as a momentary lapse of competence.


See Part 1: “Incompetent, Imperial Neocons And The Permanent State

Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She’s the author of Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Facebook & Gab. Latest on YouTube: “How Democracy Made Us Dumb.

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  1. Damned right it matters.We’re only 20yrs.behind on this one,
    (not like on our infrastructure) so maybe it’s time to start walking
    the walk?

    Or not. Talking is so much easier.

    We must put an end to war,or war will put us in a higher tax bracket.
    I meant a worse debtors prison.

    If Pres.Trump can’t/won’t,then whom?

  2. Exile says:

    American politicians have been bought (AIPAC), bullied (ADL/$PLC) and blackmailed (Epstein) by Zionists for decades and the neo-con wars are the poison fruit of these efforts. The neo-con “Bush Doctrine,” a theory of “just preemptive war,” most recently invoked re: General Soleimani’s assassination, is another of the myriad examples of Zionist special pleading on morals, ethics and politics.

    The Bush Wars and all U.S. military actions in the ME since don’t even deserve this sophistic sanction since the facts don’t fit the doctrine. There has been no “imminent threat” to America or its allies – they’ve lawyered the facts as well as the “law” in this instance.

    In terms of “foreign influence on our democracy,” Israel has dragged us into multiple wars and subverts our political, media/entertainment and academic institutions on a daily basis. Our parasitic “alliance” is vastly one-sided.

    America’s alliance with Zionism isn’t patriotic or honorable, it’s aiding and abetting a felon-state that has written itself a moral blank check b/c Chosen.

    Shut it down.

  3. Excellent article. Kudos to Ms Mercer.

  4. … The Powers that Be pulverize a country, Iraq, for the purpose of making it over in the image of America.

    Which part of America, Detroit?

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
    , @FemCrim
  5. renfro says:

    Good article…agree.

  6. Chuzinmon says:

    When it comes to the promoter , lead Neocon genocide-meister and white-collar Iraqi
    butcher monger , Paul Wolfowitz tops the list. Be a shame to let his Satanic achievements
    get memory-holed . As it seems to be happening now.

  7. For some one supposedly in a state of high dudgeon about the crimes of the neo-cons, Mercer sure is afraid to actually name and shame them – why is that?

    Why can’t she mention the bloodthirsty warmongers who have betrayed and continue to betray the interests of the United States in favour of a tiny, alien entity?

    Shhhhh, it’s a secret – from which Mercer always tries to distract with her culture war braying.

  8. “Thanks to President Trump, neoconservatives are not exactly having a moment—they’re down in the doldrums…”

    Hahahahahahahhahaha! That’s priceless chutzpah.

    Yes, the Israel-first neocons are suffering mightily under the first “Israeli” president of the United States – who has indulged their every wish at great expense to his own country (which receives nothing in return). Poor, unloved dears king bibi and sheldon adelson – woe is them!

    Talk about the worst “deal” in history.

    Only Trump could have negotiated it.

    Only Ilana Mercer could try to deny it.

  9. the ZOG attacked Iraq because

    Sadaam said no more (((dollars))) for oil.

    same reason Col. K. got the ZOG-chop. And, as #9 indicates,

    it’s long past time for the (((Issacsohn)))-Mercer

    to stop beating around the bush

    re the predominant (((neo-con))) ethnicity. Which is

    her own.

  10. @The Alarmist

    Yep. Ilana avoided defining the purpose of the Iraq invasion. It had nothing to do with making Iraq over in the image of the US. It had everything to do with eliminating a nation that stood in the way of Israel’s dominance of the Middle East.

    The neocons serve the interests of Israel, period.

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